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Prices below are for the Scenic Drive, where you drive your vehicle through our park; reservations are not required. Guided tours (reservation required) are also offered and those tours and pricing can be found here. If you have any questions that are not answered on this site, please call 254.897.2960.

Scenic Drive Prices

Your Scenic Drive Journey Begins
The Admissions Center where you can purchase your tickets for our 9½ mile Scenic Wildlife Drive, feed for the animals, and snacks for the family.


$20.95 per person
Seniors (62+):
15% off per person
Child (3-11):
$14.95 per person
2 and Under:
FREE per person


$24.95 per person
Seniors (62+):
15% off per person
Child (3-11):
$18.95 per person
2 and Under:
FREE per person


$24.95 per person
Seniors (62+):
15% off per person
Child (3-11):
$18.95 per person
2 and Under:
FREE per person

Animal Feed:
$8.00 + tax, one bag per vehicle.

Seasonal Dates and Hours of Operation

Please be aware that last car admitted times are STRICTLY ENFORCED. Please allow for ample traveling time.

Spring/Summer Hours

March 08 – September 30

Admissions: 8:30am – 5:29pm
Café: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Nature Store: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Children’s Animal Center:
  Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  Wed.: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  Weekends: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Park Closes: 7:30pm
NOTE: The last car will be admitted at 5:29pm and all visitors must exit the park by 7:30pm.

Fall Hours

October 1 – October 31

Admissions: 8:30am – 4:29pm
Café: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Nature Store: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Children’s Animal Center:
  Weekdays: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  Weekends: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Park Closes: 6:30pm
NOTE: The last car will be admitted at 4:29pm and all visitors must exit the park by 6:30pm.

Winter Hours

November 1 – March 05

Admissions: 8:30am – 3:29pm
Café: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Nature Store: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Children’s Animal Center:
  Weekdays: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  Weekends: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Park Closes: 5:30pm
NOTE: The last car will be admitted at 3:29pm and all visitors must exit the park by 5:30pm.

Driving Directions

Please consider the following while planning your visit:

Rain or shine, Fossil Rim is the place to be. Come and explore nature at its finest any season of the year.

The animals don’t care what the weather is doing. They’re always out and about. In fact, the rhinos love to slosh around in the mud when it is raining.

Halfway through the drive is the Overlook which has our Overlook Café, picnic area, the Nature Store, Children’s Animal Center and Nature Trails.

ABSOLUTELY NO PETS ALLOWED! We realize that many people travel with their pets, but due to government regulations pets can not be allowed on Fossil Rim property or left in parked vehicles in our parking lot. Please take this under consideration while making plans to visit us. There are veterinarians in the Glen Rose area that offer boarding services, please call our main number for more information.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is located 55 miles southwest of Fort Worth and 75 miles southwest of Dallas, near Glen Rose. Our phone number is 254.897.2960 and the GPS address is:
2299 County Road 2008
Glen Rose, Texas, 76043

Map Directions

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Fossil Rim Locations

These directions, and more importantly the travel times listed on Google Maps, are average times. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may affect your travel time.


Admissions Discounts

Only one discount permitted per car. Please have proof of your membership (in one of the participating institutions below) ready to show at the Admissions Center at time of purchase.

  • AAA (10 percent off Scenic Drive only)
  • Caldwell Zoo Members (50 percent)
  • Channel 13 Members (buy one adult admission, get one free)
  • Dallas Zoo Members (50 percent)
  • Military Personnel (25 percent; must present a Military ID at time of purchase; applies to ID holder and their dependent children under the age of 12)
  • Texas Conservation Passport (State Park pass) (25 percent)
  • Member (10 percent)
  • United Co-op (Buy one adult admission, get one child’s admission free, one discount per car)

Stay & Play

Save your receipt and you can come back the next day, before 10:00am, and get in free! If you’re planning a visit to Fossil Rim – or just finished one, Stay & Play… the next day!

Some restrictions apply. Paid receipt from previous day must be shown at Admission Center before 10:00am to get your free admission. Example: four paid admissions on Monday gives you four free admissions on Tuesday before 10:00am.

Not valid with any discount coupons. Receipt is not transferable. Good for admission only.

Stay & Play discount not valid in March.

Fossil Rim Observed Holidays

Memorial Day May 25, 2015 - Park Open

Independence Day July 3, 2015 - Park Open

Labor Day September 7, 2015 - Park Open

Columbus Day October 12, 2015 - Park Open

Veteran's Day November 11, 2015 - Park Open

Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2015 - Park Closed

Christmas Eve December 24, 2015 - Park Closed

Christmas Day December 25, 2015 - Park Closed

New Year's Day January 1, 2016 - Park Open

Martin Luther King Day January 18, 2016 - Park Open

Presidents' Day February 15, 2016 - Park Open

Spring Break March 7, 2016 - March 18, 2016 - Park Open